Making it Easier to be Green
Green design includes energy conservation, but that's not what it's all about. It's about having good air quality both indoors and outdoors, making the environments in which we work, live, study and play healthier and more comfortable and conserving all of our natural resources.
This site will provide a balanced, holistic view that includes advice about saving energy, water and other natural resources, improving indoor air quality, using environmentally responsible design and construction techniques and minimizing waste.

I will be focusing on interiors for three reasons:

  • We spend about 90% of our time indoors.
  • Buildings in the United States annually consume about 30% of our total energy and 75% of our electricity.
  • As a New York State Certified Interior Designer and a LEED Accredited Professional, I want to share my knowledge and expertise with you.
Sustainable design and construction can be done in many different styles and using a wide variety of materials. There are examples of healthy, sustainable, comfortable and inviting interiors for commercial, not-for-profit and residential clients on the web site for Interior Design Solutions.
You can use the labels on the sidebar to locate entries that you want to read. For instance, most people might want to look at the entries for "Green Homes," but "Green Finance" would be of more interest to professionals involved in the design, construction, management, financing and marketing of buildings.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The ABCs of LEED - Innovation and Design Process

New strategies for sustainable design and construction and innovative technology supporting sustainable building are rapidly developing.  And it seems as though improvements to existing construction methods and products are being announced every day.  The Innovation and Design Process category of LEED encourages innovation by giving credit for exceptional performance above the requirements for existing LEED categories and/or for innovations in sustainable performance not specifically addressed by LEED. (Innovation in Design)  In order to support sustainable design integration and to streamline the project certification process, LEED encourages having at least one principal participant who has passed the LEED Professional Accreditation Exam.  (LEED Accredited Professional)


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